The old meets the new in this month’s entertainment edit, as Julie Hassett and Gemma Kent talk everything from Hollywood throwbacks to Disney reboots to Nintendo’s next big release.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
In what is probably the most highly-anticipated game of 2017, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is finally upon us. After being delayed multiple times, March 3rd will finally see the next instalment in The Legend of Zelda franchise — and the hype for the game couldn’t be bigger. Breath of the Wild will contain the biggest open-world environment ever seen in a Zelda game, and those lucky enough to get a closer look at last year’s E3 said it really will take our breath away. Breath of the Wild sees Link’s return to a destroyed Hyrule where, in typical Zelda fashion, Link must defeat Ganon before he destroys the world. The game promises beautiful visuals akin to last-gen graphics familiar to a Zelda aesthetic.
Beauty and the Beast
No one reboots like Disney
Who’s ready for another inevitable Disney remake? I’m sure I’m not the only one who can say that Beauty and the Beast is their favourite Disney movie from their childhood. So, they have a lot to get right and everything we’ve seen so far is… promising. From the costumes and aesthetics revealed to us in trailers and pictures, Disney are certainly on the right track, going for a near shot-for-shot remake of the original (which may not be a bad thing). Since Emma Watson scooped up the role, she has made changes to the character to ensure Belle is far more empowered than in the originals – from refusing to wear a corset, to making Belle an inventor. I’m looking forward to being their guest!
Third time lucky?
First, we had Wolverine: Origins, a film that not only flopped but caused mass outrage for fans of Wolverine and Deadpool alike. Then there came The Wolverine, a slightly better – but still not good – standalone film for the beloved X-man. So, brace yourself: Hugh Jackman is giving one last stab at the franchise before he hangs up his adamantium claws for good. Logan is a far leap from anything we’ve seen from the franchise before — mostly because of its R-rating — which means anything could happen. And for fans of Wolverine, we can finally see him at his full potential – we hope. The trailers released thus far have given me a spur of hope that this might be the fairwell Jackman deserves. Despite getting heavy The Last of Us vibes, I’m hopeful we will get the Wolverine story we’ve always wanted.
La La Land
Dancing to the Oscars
La La Land is one of those films that just came up out of nowhere; now you see the name everywhere. And after scooping up countless awards in both the Golden Globes and Oscars earlier this year – expect to see it plenty more. La La Land has a beautiful, modern aesthetic, while still paying homage to the musical films of the past. The costumes are colourful and play a huge part in giving the film its look. And I’m sure many people will start listening to jazz after spending two pleasant hours listening to Ryan Gosling passionately tap out intricate and wonderful sounds on the piano. What’s more, Gosling taught himself to play the music on his own, with very little piano skills prior! The acting of Gosling and Emma Stone was flawless, not to mention the surprise appearance from John Legend, whose part seemed effortless. While the film’s ending will forever irk me, the rest of it certainly plays up to the hype – and it deserves every award it gets!
Reaching the Stars
Hidden Figures tells the story of three African American women who transcended the boundaries set down by race and gender to play pivotal roles in one of NASA’s earliest missions. Starring Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monàe, the film’s seismic relevance in the current political climate should need no explaining. But if you’re in need of a refresher course, Henson’s inspirational call-to-arms at the Screen Actors Guild Awards is where to go. “This film is about unity!” she says, surrounded by her fellow actors, “This story is about what happens when we put our differences aside.” What more can you say? It’s this month’s reminder of the power of the human spirit, the strength in diversity, and the magnitude of dreaming big.